Overview: House Histories

OVERVIEW: HOUSE HISTORIES Nearly two hundred of Ireland’s “Big Houses” were destroyed during the Irish Civil War in the early 20th century. Hundreds more tragically disappeared in the ensuing decades. Thankfully there is now an influential body in position to prevent...

Hermione, Duchess of Leinster (1864-1895)

HERMIONE, DUCHESS OF LEINSTER (1864-1895) Those who knew the Duchess of Leinster best had probably envisioned an early demise. Before she moved to County Kildare in 1884, she was regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Western Europe. But in the ensuing decade,...
Kick Kennedy, the Marquess & the Earl

Kick Kennedy, the Marquess & the Earl

On 13 May 1948, a plane crash in southern France ended the life of both Kick Kennedy, oldest sister of Jack and Bobby, and her lover, Peter, Earl Fitzwilliam. This story recounts the series of events that led up to the tragedy, including Kick's marriage to the Duke of...
Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

During her all too short life, Lord Monteagle's remarkable daughter sailed out with the Childers on Asgard on that extraordinarily audacious gun-run in 1914 and, during the War of Independence, she made her mark by offering indispensable first aid lessons to nurses...

The Gunning Sisters

THE GUNNING SISTERS Croome Park, Worcestershire, October 1761. The dark room stank of death and poison as the Countess of Coventry breathed her last. Her once beautiful porcelain skin was badly pocked and already decaying. It was an astonishingly tragic finale for the...